Sunday, December 9, 2012

Are You Smarter When You Get Older?

Probably not. Friday I subjected myself to the Camanche Trout Pond once again. At least I didn't go through all the trouble of launching the Float Tube Cumberland this time.

I had a spot close to where the "good" fishing is normally and put out two rods with slip sinker rigs and rainbow Power Bait. Then I proceeded to plant my butt on the retaining wall and wait.  

It's not that there weren't any fish being caught (two or three that I saw), but they were few and far between. Most seem to be taken on a Power Worm under a sinking bobber. In the past couple of years since the new management took over the lake (and pond) the methods of catching have all gone to hell. Things like Kastmasters (tried several colors), Power Bait (tried several colors and several Pro-Cure bait scents), for the float tubers, certain flies, have all gone out the window. 

Now there is a kid out there (Dillion) that fishes the pond on a regular basis and even he wasn't catching anything. He's one of those that runs around the lake (young and energetic) and chases the school (which consisted of about 15 fish on Friday) and tries to take them on any of the 10 or so lures he has in his lure box. 

Let's talk about stocking. 600 pounds, three times since the pond "re-opened" for trout fishing maybe a month ago or so. At least that was what I got out of the "stocking" board at check-in and when you take out the number that the 18 (that I saw on Friday) pelicans and numerous cormorants ( I didn't bother trying to count them) take, that doesn't leave very many for those that pay $11.00 to fish there.  
6 of the 18 pelicans
More of the pond
So I guess I'll have to stick to the North Shore Day use Area, when I feel the need to fish Camanche this winter.

As Porky Pig would say, That's, That's, That's all folks.



  1. Mark, I think we talked about this once before on another post a year or so ago. Suggestion: They might try stocking bigger fish in there instead of all the average stocker quality. Those big birds won't be as successful when they are trying to eat larger trout!

    1. Hi Mel. I think the Eagle and Turkey theory applies here. "You can't fish for eagles when the lake is being stocked by turkeys" or something like that.

  2. To answer your question... No! Just more stubborn. Myself included. Happy Holidays, Mark!

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